Allan Watkins shows off his wonderful wood carvings at the 2013 County Show
Hundreds of people attended the annual Rhondda Cynon Taf County Show, one of the most diverse and entertaining shows of its kind in Wales.
Top green-finger experts from across the County Borough proved that they know a thing or two when it comes to bumper crops.
The two-day event, organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, took place at Rhondda Sports Centre and this year included the prestigious Welsh National Vegetable Championships.
Admission to the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Show was absolutely free-of-charge, providing a great family day out which did not cost a packet!
Cllr Maureen Webber, Cabinet Member for Council Business and Public Relations, said: “The County Show was once again a great success, attracting large crowds over the two days. Rhondda Cynon Taf is one of the largest county boroughs in Wales, therefore it is only fitting that the Welsh National Vegetable Championships have been staged on our own doorstep, showcasing all our home-grown talents.
“The Rhondda Cynon Taf County Show really does offer something for everyone, with competitions – including cash prizes – for green-fingered gardening experts, arts and crafts enthusiasts and also young residents of the County Borough.
“There were lots of prizes up for grabs in an amazing array of categories and well done to all of our winners and all of the competitors who took part - without you there would be no County Show.”
To coincide with the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Show, the Giant Veg Show also took place at the Rhondda Heritage Park, with a free shuttle bus taking visitors between both venues.
There were around 150 categories in total at the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Show, including Open Vegetable, Open Flower, Open Culinary Section, Open Handicraft, Open Woodwork and Open Art and Photography.
Categories also included Onions, Runner Beans, Shallots, Peas; Ross, Dahlias, Chrysanthemums, Home-made Pies, Jams and Cakes; Home-made Wine and also a Children’s Section.
Rhondda Sports Centre was packed with plenty of fresh produce, all locally grown, and also a fine array of blooms. The home-made flans and savouries also proved to be extremely popular with the judging panel!
The awards were presented by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Deputy Mayor, Cllr John Watts.
For information on all forthcoming events in Rhondda Cynon Taf visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/whatson